POSTED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 7:11pm
TYLER — In Fall 2011, a new Department of Transportation regulation, surrounding the trucking industry in the United States, could mean less time for commercial drivers to haul on the roadways. Right now, truckers work 14 hour shifts that require 10 hours of driving. The new regulation would place time restraints on shifts, making 9 or 8 hours the maximum time truck drivers can haul freight. This comes as the need for shipping freight by truck is at an all time high. The trucking industry is already experiencing a need for more drivers, but if the new regulation passes in the fall, it could mean hiring would increase by at least 10% across the board. It's something that truck companies in East Texas says puts a strain on their bottom line and their productivity, but even more so, increases the pressure on their drivers.
Jessica Wilson/ KETKnbc.com